Anger, Anxiety, and Spiritual Care

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This course is designed to investigate theories of anger and aggression from selected views of psychology, culture, and biblical/theological foundations.  Students will be requested to look at their own beliefs, thoughts, and responses in these areas in order to consider applications for pastoral care and counseling.  In addition to the readings and lectures, students can interact in a variety of personal learning experiences and clinical cases for role-play during this course.


  • To develop a personal understanding of assumptions and expressions of anger and anxiety.
  • To increase awareness of psychological and theological understandings of anger and anxiety.
  • To acquaint students with current research on anger and anxiety as a focus for pastoral counselling.


  • To develop the basic skills of pastoral counselling with angry and anxious persons.


  • To encourage opportunities for students to explore their own anger and anxiety from a faith perspective.